Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Hello all! I just purchased 2 nigerian dwarfs...both expecting does. No, I didnt know that when I got them...the lady proceeded to tell me that after the fact. But anyhow, they are both due around mid August sometime (I think). It is a mother & kid that I have now. Sassy, the mother, is 2.5 years old and May, her daughter, is about a year old. Any tips? What should I have on hand just incase of worst case sceniaros? Thanks :) I would also like to know when/if/how often/how much I can milk them. This was my reasoning to begin with, I want milk goats.

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Comment by Deborah Niemann-Boehle on April 20, 2010 at 10:45pm
There have been a lot of discussions in the forum to answer your questions. There is a lot of good info about getting ready for birthing in this thread:

I have a birth video posted in the video section of this site.

And the "Dairy" forum is full of info on milking, making cheese, etc.

Since the seller wasn't forthright about the does being pregnant, are you sure the sire is a Nigerian? I just heard about a nightmare of a birth where a yearling doe was trying to give birth to half angora kids that were huge, so it's kind of on my mind at the moment.

Nigerians normally don't have any trouble kidding, so you shouldn't need to do anything other than help dry them off. In winter, I worry about hypothermia, but that's not a problem in August.

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